ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie sacked after several months of talks

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked just halfway through her five-year term

The decision to terminate the employment of ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie was handed down this morning.

ABC chairman Justin Milne said the board "believed that new leadership would benefit the organisation, its dedicated employees, and the ABC audience".

David Anderson, the ABC director of entertainment and specialist, will serve as acting managing director until a formal search process finds Ms Guthrie's successor.

"When I joined ABC in 2016, I knew I had an enormous challenge in front of me to break down some of the internal barriers to progress as well as continuing to deliver quality programming for all Australians".

Michelle Guthrie, ABC's managing director who was sacked by the board this morning, is considering her legal options, claiming the board had no grounds to terminate her employment.

Guthrie was officially sacked by the board - spearheaded by chairman Justin Milne - two-and-a-half years into her five-year appointed term.

Guthrie's CV includes senior roles at News International and Google, a combination of old and new media that was seen as positioning the ABC to continue its digital evolution.

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If it emerges that the board feels an emphasis on traditional ABC strengths - news, especially regional news - is required, it will represent a win for critics.

After a tumultuous 12 months for the ABC, the public broadcaster has announced that current managing director Michelle Guthrie will exit the business.

"We understand that transitions can be disruptive in the short-term". However, the ABC is fortunate to have an experienced and capable executive team that will provide continuity in the months ahead, " Milne said.

'This is driven by our commitment to deliver best possible outcomes for our loyal audience'. "We are very grateful for all her hard work", Mr Milne concluded.

Mr Anderson has a 30-year career in the media industry and has been responsible for leading the ABC's broadcast television networks and associated services, radio music networks, podcasts and specialist radio content. He has enjoyed a successful career in the broadcast television and media industry for almost 30 years.

Succession planning receives continuous attention from the ABC Board. "The ABC Board has legislated independence in relation to management appointments and the Government respects the duty and role of the Board in these matters".

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